Convene commences work with 36 enterprise partners

Convene is a major university-enterprise engagement partnership, led by TU Dublin, in collaboration with the UCD Innovation Academy, Awarded funding of €17.5 million under the Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3 Fund announced by the Minister Simon Harris TD, Convene is charged with helping to rebuild enterprise and to renew communities in a sustainable manner, alleviating problems caused to businesses in Dublin and to the regional economy by COVID-19.

Dr Deirdre Lillis, Project Lead, says engagement with the 36 founding Enterprise Partners has already commenced to create a shared learning platform at the intersection of enterprise, education and research in Dublin:

"We want Convene to be a genuine partnership between enterprise and education, and we are excited to start the process of taking on board the input and ideas of key business and social enterprise leaders at this formative stage of the project. Convene's work will be organised around seven major employment sectors - Tourism, Food & Drink, Creative and Cultural, Social Enterprise, ICT/FinTech, MedTech and Pharma - and we are delighted to be partnered by a range of leading global companies and dynamic indigenous SMEs."

 In order to deliver on the objective of providing the skills and innovation necessary to reinvigorate business and to fast-track a resilient economic recovery in Ireland, Convene will harness the expertise of the UCD Innovation Academy, 12 TU Dublin academic schools, 10 TU Dublin professional service units, 5 TU Dublin research centres, 3 TU Dublin innovation centres, and our 36 Enterprise Partners. 

Professor Anne Greene, chair of the Enterprise-Faculty Working Group, says Convene is currently preparing a significant diagnostic study of University-Enterprise Cooperation at all levels in Technological University Dublin:

"Right now, we are working with the Innovative Futures Institute in planning a major survey which will gauge University-Enterprise Cooperation activities across TU Dublin.  The survey will be comprehensive and is designed to measure attitudes, drivers, barriers and mechanisms as to how we engage with enterprise right across TU Dublin.  This survey will allow us to benchmark against current best practice activities in European TUs.  It will also help us to map out a credible pathway for personnel from enterprise, academia, innovation and research to come together for the common purposes of talent development and innovation.  We are hoping to have this survey ready to roll-out to all TU staff members in March, and we are looking forward to getting the valuable input of our colleagues in this regard."